Gary King on big data analysis

"In this Social Science Bite, Professor Gary King, uses text analysis as an example of this big data analysis. He notes that some of the tools that text analysis uses are 'mathematically similar' to another project he worked on, trying to determine health priorities in the third world by figuring out what’s killing people there. In both cases, the individual, whether someone with a disease or someone with a viral tweet, is less important than the trend."

The data itself isn’t likely to be particularly useful; the question is whether you can make it useful.
— Gary King
 King is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard. He’s been elected a fellow or eight honorary societies, including the National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

King is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard. He’s been elected a fellow or eight honorary societies, including the National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

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